The power of research: an exploration of critical dialogue as a model for the development of professionals

Flint, K.J. and Barnard, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-7824-6022, 2010. The power of research: an exploration of critical dialogue as a model for the development of professionals. Work Based Learning e-Journal, 1 (1), pp. 125-141. ISSN 2044-7868

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Since Michel Foucault’s pioneering work, the production of new forms of knowledge as a measure of doctoral research has become closely associated with the ubiquity of power practices. In more concrete terms, in the face of a seemingly ineluctable intensification of workload across all professions, some observers have identified a ‘deprofessionalisation’ of many within the workforce, who, almost ironically, perceive themselves to have diminished powers of control and discretion regarding their own decision making. This paper seeks to explore and to critically examine a multi-professional research model of good practice for the professional doctorate. The model for research has been located in the space opened up for critical enquiry between power and the domination of extant power practices, including those associated with the process of research itself. It is a model which lays emphasis upon a dialogical approach to critical hermeneutics and is designed to guide students in ‘making strange the familiar’ in terms of what they experience being reproduced each day in the machinery of identity. Functionally, the model for research is being developed with a strong focus upon reflexivity that permeates every step of the research. Philosophically, the model creates an opening for reflexive self-determination and self-empowerment. At this stage the model is presented as a basis for reflection on both the complex dynamic interplay of power and knowledge and some of the implications for students’ understandings of the production of knowledge through research.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Work Based Learning e-Journal
Creators: Flint, K.J. and Barnard, A.
Publisher: Middlesex University
Date: 2010
Volume: 1
Number: 1
ISSN: 2044-7868
Divisions: Schools > School of Education
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:41
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:36

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